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Enquiring Minds Want To Know…

By |August 28, 2009|News, Uncategorized|

Enquiring Minds Want To Know…

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SOURCE:   A Chiro.Org Editorial


Why is the FCER being disbanded?

I contacted them a few days ago, wondering about the publication of any papers from the Asthma study we had helped to fund, and received a post from Sheila Stielow, stating: “I’m not sure if you are aware but FCER is closed. This is a very recent decision”. I wrote back asking what she meant by their being closed, but I have yet to hear back from her. (more…)

The RAND 36-Item Health Survey 1.0 (SF 36)

By |August 25, 2009|Documentation, Education, Outcome Assessment|

The RAND 36-Item Health Survey 1.0 (SF 36)

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SOURCE:   Chiro.Org’s Outcome Assessment Questionnaire Page


Patient self-perception of the health care experience is becoming an important component of clinical outcomes assessment. In light of the progression toward a more closely managed health care system, chiropractors are being expected to document and quantify clinical progress. Functional health status instruments are an economical & efficient way of accomplishing that task. [1]

The RAND Health Survey measures physical functioning, social functioning, role limitations due to physical problems, role limitations due to emotional problems, sense of emotional well-being, energy/fatigue levels, pain, general health perception, and health change. These questions focus on areas of clinical complaint that many patients are experiencing upon presentation to the chiropractic office. (more…)

What is Assignment of Benefits?

By |August 23, 2009|Education, Practice Management|

What is Assignment of Benefits?

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I am a member of the Chiropractic Assistants mail group, and find that some offices are confused about assignment of benefits.

Patients can become upset when their Insurance Company does not pay for some, or all of their care, so it is very important that you fully explain Assignment at the start of care.   We provide this information on a handout, and we ask the patient to sign the following agreement.


What is Assignment of Benefits?

Assignment of Benefits” is a legally binding agreement between you and your Insurance Company, asking them to send your reimbursement checks directly to your doctor. When our office accepts an assignment of benefits, this means that we have to wait for up to one month for your insurance reimbursement to arrive. We extend assignment to our clients as a courtesy. Assignment may be withdrawn if your Insurance Company practices “Nuisance Behaviors”.


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Details Of The Chief Complaint

By |August 21, 2009|Documentation, Education|

Details Of The Chief Complaint

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SOURCE:   A Chiro.Org Editorial

By Paul D. Mullin, D.C.


Before we examine any new patient, we need to gather a detailed history, particularly of the current complaint(s). I want to thank Paul D. Mullin, D.C. of Palmer College for suggesting these 18 questions, to help DCs in gathering the information they need to clearly understand a patient’s issues.

These questions are a good example of the interviewing skills required of any doctor: (more…)

How and Why Does Chiropractic Work?

By |August 20, 2009|News, Research|

How and Why Does Chiropractic Work?

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SOURCE:   A Chiro.Org Editorial


There is no more hotly debated topic in our profession than the huge variety of answers to the question:

What is the Vertebral Subluxation Complex” (or VSC)?   However, this is not the place to debate philosophy.

All of us have observed significant improvements in patient’s health when we adjust them. So, what are we to conclude when a patient, who has been diagnosed with asthma, and has been using steroid inhalants, suddenly does not need to use their meds any more? Did chiropractic *cure* asthma?   NO!   The reality is that the patient never had asthma to begin with! (more…)